Manchester United fail in bid to land Premier League striker ahead of transfer deadline day

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wanted to bring his country-mate to the Old Trafford stadium but Bournemouth stood firm to scupper the chances of any move.

Manchester United have failed in their bid to sign Bournemouth striker Joshua King in the last few days of the January transfer window.

The Telegraph reports that Solskjaer, who worked with the Norwegian striker when he was a youngster at Old Trafford, wanted to add him to his squad to solve the problems facing his attacking department following Marcus Rashford’s injury.

King is currently out of action due to a hamstring injury he sustained earlier this season but is expected to be back in action after the upcoming Premier League winter break. He was viewed as a perfect signing by the Manchester United manager, who wanted to secure his signing to add a cutting edge to his attack.

But with Eddie Howe determined to keep King as the Cherries fight to steer clear of relegation places – they currently sit 2 point offs safety, the 28-year-old will spend the 2nd half of this season at the Vitality Stadium.

Manchester United failed to sign Joshua King from Bournemouth

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Prior to the refusal from Bournemouth, who see the striker as key to their survival hopes, the Red Devils were confident of getting a deal for the striker over the line this month.

Apart from the appeal of playing for one of the biggest sides in Europe, United were confident that King’s past history with the club would convince him to leave the Cherries midway through the season and join his forces with the Champions League aspirants.

The Norway international was a part of the United youth squad 11 years ago when Solskjaer had started his coaching career with the club’s reserve side.

The Man United boss was, therefore, confident that the player would move to the Old Trafford having previously played under him for the club’s junior side.

Before being a part of the Cherries’ squad that continues to mesmerize the Premier League with its attacking style of play, the 28-year-old had loan spells in the Championship with the likes of Preston, Hull and Blackburn Rovers.


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The Oslo-born striker had been one of many Bournemouth players who have seen their stock rise during the club’s five-and-a-bit year stint in the Premier League.

He signed for Bournemouth from Championship side Blackburn after the Cherries had already won promotion at the end of the 2014/15 campaign.

King’s maiden season in the Premier League wasn’t impressive as he managed to score only 6 goals in 31 league appearances throughout the season.

The Cherries’ striker used his experience to take his game to the next level as he scored 24 goals in the next two seasons for Eddie Howe’s side.

His form in the 2018/19 season was equally impressive as King managed to find the back of the net 12 times in 35 appearances in the top tier of English football. The Oslo-born striker has managed to score 3 league goals in an injury-ravaged 19/20 campaign.

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